Chicago’s rich history of political organizing, activism, and experimentation is deeply intertwined with the distinct histories of the city’s culturally diverse neighborhoods and communities. Artists exhibiting in Ground Floor 2020 (who earned their MFA in Chicago in 2019 and 2020) discuss how the context and history of the city influenced their practice. Featured speakers include, Bun Stout, Tiff Beatty and William Estrada. Moderated by Ciera McKissick, Public Programs Coordinator.
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This program is a part of our Ground Floor Exhibition.
Chicago is home to five innovative MFA programs that attract hundreds of artists to the city each year. In addition to its excellent opportunities for higher education, Chicago’s alternative contemporary art spaces provide countless opportunities for informal education and professional development for artists working at any stage. Even more informally, art practices in Chicago often grow and thrive within a network of generosity and intergenerational mentorship among artists. This symposium will explore the many paths available to emerging artists to push their practice in Chicago as well as context and histories that make Chicago a great city for artists to live and work.